Polygala myrtifolia

Polygala myrtifolia


Common Names

September Bush (english)
Bloukappie, Septemberbossie, Augustusbossie, Blouertjie, Langelede (afrikaans)
Ulopesi, Ulapesi, Umabalabala (xhosa)
Uchwasha (zulu)


Genus Polygala
Species myrtifolia
SA Plant Number 302.1
Basionym Polygala myrtifolia


Polygala myrtifolia is a hardy, large, evergreen shrub with glossy green leaves.

It bears abundant, mauve pea-like flowers almost all year round with a flush in late winter.

It makes a decorative small tree if pruned into a standard and makes a beautiful floriferous screening plant. It can also be pruned into a formal hedge.

Attracts Carpenter Bees to the garden.

The seeds are relished by laughing doves and other seed-eating birds.

Grows in sun or semi-shade but flowers best in full sun and makes an excellent container plant.

Size 1 to 4m 


Wildlife garden plant:

The flowers attract Carpenter bees to the garden. The seeds are relished by Laughing Doves and other seed-eating birds.



Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal,  Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape

Natural Habitat:

Along rivers and streams, coastal dunes, Forest margin, Open hillsides



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